BHSU music concerts slated for fall semester

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, October 2, 2015/Categories: 2015









           The Black Hills State University choir performs during the baroque choral concert. The BHSU music department has a variety of musical performances scheduled for the fall semester.








           Black Hills State University students perform during a jazz concert. The BHSU music department has a variety of musical performances scheduled for the fall semester.




Black Hills State University is ready to kick off its fall musical season. A variety of concerts with various genres of music are scheduled, and BHSU music directors say there is something for everyone.

This year&rsquos BHSU community band has grown, according to Dr. David Berberick, assistant professor of music at BHSU. The group, comprised of both BHSU students and community members will perform exciting and challenging pieces during their fall concert, he said.

Dr. Chris Hahn will lead the jazz band and chamber orchestra. Also, fun and spirited performances by the pep band and drumline will be featured at football and basketball games. This is the drumline&rsquos second year performing at BHSU and their upbeat and fun performances help lift the Yellow Jacket spirit, Berberick said.

A variety of senior recitals will be performed throughout the semester, including a performance from Jesse Dunaway, music education major from Rapid City. Dunaway&rsquos many accomplishments during his time at BHSU include writing an original composition inspired by the Sanford Lab in Lead. His composition linked science, history and music. Dunaway also has written several original compositions for the BHSU music and theater departments.

The music department&rsquos fall performances conclude with the Madrigal Dinner, an annual BHSU event where the community is invited to enjoy dinner and classical music. The event portrays a 16th century king and queen and their royal court who have invited the attendees to a Christmas feast in the castle, which was a tradition in the medieval time period.

"It&rsquos a beautiful way to kick off the holiday season with music of the highest quality and a terrific meal," said Dr. Jon Nero, associate professor of music at BHSU.

Tickets will soon be on sale for the Madrigal Dinner at All other concerts listed below are free and open to the public, with donations accepted at the door towards music scholarships for BHSU students.

Upcoming BHSU concerts include:

&middot         Oct. 17 - BHSU Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Oct. 18 - BHSU Choirs Concert, 2:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 8 - Jesse Dunaway Senior Voice Recital, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 12 - BHSU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 14 - Lacey Wenning Senior Voice Recital, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 15 - Dakota Chamber Orchestra, 2:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 17 - Northern Hills Chamber Chorale, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 21 - BHSU Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 22 - BHSU Holiday Concert, 2:30 p.m.

&middot         Nov. 24 - Northern Hills Honor Bands Festival, 6:30 p.m.

&middot         Dec. 3-5 &ndash Madrigal Dinner

&middot         Dec. 9 - Cody Pepitone Senior Voice Recital, 7:30 p.m.

&middot         Dec. 13 - Casie Hardin Senior Percussion Recital, 2:30 p.m.

All events will be held in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU campus unless otherwise noted. Check the BHSU calendar at to confirm concert dates and times.

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